Boat & Brew – Smoketown Brewery Tour
- Dates: Sundays in Sep & Oct (Groups of 10 or more may request custom dates)
- Duration: 4-5 hours
- Price: $79
- Includes: Guide, Single Kayak, Equipment, Shuttle, Beer Tasting & Italian Appetizers
- Location: Brunswick, MD Book Now!
This guided 4.5 mile kayaking trip begins behind Bird Sanctuary Island, home to an amazing number of Blue Herons and wild ducks. Reaching beyond the island, the rising thermals from the river’s uplands support soaring Red-tail Hawks, American Bald Eagles, and other birds of prey. As you watch the silent sky, paddlers will hear the sound of falling water as you approach three Class II+ rapids and waves.
After the gradual drop of Knoxville falls, the Potomac settles into an easy flow and your attention turns again to the woodlands in search of birds, wildlife, and the fish that live below.
On Saturday, May 2nd join us for our unique Raft & Brew adventure. Experience entry level Class I-III rafting on the Shenandoah & Potomac Rivers at Harpers Ferry before heading to the brewery 17 minutes away!
After the paddle, enjoy the taste of craft beer at the new Smoketown Brewery only minutes away in Brunswick, MD. You’ll not only enjoy the flight of tasty beer but also the upbeat environment in the tasting room or the outside patio. Enjoy the tour behind the glass wall and speak to the brewery team about hand-crafted beer. To top the day off, enjoy the savory taste of the locals’ favorite eatery. Kings Pizza will provide hearty appetizers of garlic knots and gourmet white pizza.
Watch this fun-loving video to get a taste for the kayaking part!
- Sundays in September & October
- The price of $79/person is all-inclusive
- Single kayak rental (or raft for May 2nd)
- Shuttle service
- All equipment
- Hearty appetizers
- Beer tasting
Add 5% amusement fee + $2.50 user fee/person
- For the river trip: Be sure and bring a sack lunch/snack in a waterproof, compressible bag, and plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated.
*Participants must hike down a short and steep hill helping carry their single kayak to the river put-in. Shoes with good traction are a must.
Boat on the Potomac to Smoketown Brewery Itinerary
9:30 am Check-in at the Brunswick Family Campground store
10:00am Depart up river to the put-in at Potoma Wayside
10:30am Brief introduction to paddling at the river’s edge
12:45pm ish Take out at Brunswick Family Campground’s boat ramp
Change into dry clothes
1:30pm Car caravan 2 miles to Smoketown Brewery
1:45pm Back room tour of the brewery – hearty appetizers and micro brewery beer tasting
Leave when it feels right
Saturday, May 2nd: Raft & Brew Itinerary
10:00 am Check in at River & Trail Outfitters Harpers Ferry, WV location
10:30 am Shuttle to the river
1:30-2:00 pm Head to Smoketown for tour and tasting (17 minutes away)
2:15pm Back room tour of the brewery – hearty appetizers and micro brewery beer tasting
Leave when it feels right
*Trip length may vary according to water levels and group size. Please plan accordingly.
**Other dates are available for groups of 10 or more
What to bring
- dry change of clothes
- suntan lotion
- glasses strap
- water bottle
- snacks or a packed lunch
River and Trail Outfitters Store Supplies: (located in Knoxville, MD)
- Snacks and drinks
- Trip Souvenirs such as t-shirts, hats, and patches
- Items you might forget like suntan lotion, inexpensive river shoes
- Quality outdoor gear such as kayaks, canoes, and paddling gear
Directions to the Boat and Bottled Fun on the Potomac to the Smoketown Brewery
Brunswick Campground is located approx 15 minutes from Harpers Ferry, WV and approx 25 minutes from Frederick, MD.
The closest mapable address is: 40 Canal Road Brunswick, MD 21716.
Directions from DC/Baltimore area to Brunswick Campground:
Take 270N to 70W, or 70W to Frederick. At Frederick, take exit #52 to 340 W. Go approximately 9 miles and take the “Petersville” 180 exit. Turn left onto 180 W(Jefferson Pike). Go 1.7 miles, turn left onto MD-79 W/Petersville Rd. Go approximately 2 miles to a stop light.
Continue straight through the stop light to the bottom of the hill where you will enter a traffic circle. Take the 4th turnoff (sign says “to A street” and Marc Train). Bear right immediately onto Maple Ave to the stop light, go straight through. Once you are at the MARC train station parking area, go over 2 sets of railroad tracks and down a mini-hill to the stop sign (t-intersection). Turn left onto the gravel road and continue about 3/4 mile(this is the C&O Canal). Campground is on the right.
Directions from Northern Virginia:
Take 7 West (or 267 W the Greenway toll road) to route 9 West. Go 5-6 miles and turn right onto VA-287 N/Berlin Turnpike. Go 6.6 miles, turn left onto W. Broad Way. After 120 feet, turn right again onto VA-287 N/Berlin Turnpike. Go 2-3 miles, cross the Potomac River Bridge into Maryland. Enter the traffic circle and take the 2nd turnoff (sign says “to A street” and Marc Train). Bear right immediately onto Maple Ave to the stop light, go straight through. Once you are at the MARC train station parking area, go over 2 sets of railroad tracks and down a mini-hill to the stop sign (t-intersection). Turn left onto the gravel road and continue about 3/4 mile(this is the C&O Canal). Campground is on the right.
Directions from Harpers Ferry area and River & Trail Outfitters:
Take 340 N/E for 4-5 miles from Harpers Ferry into Maryland. Take the 180 to 478 exit to Knoxville Brunswick. Go 1/2 mile and turn right onto MD-478 E/Knoxville Rd (not an intersection). Go 2.3 miles and turn right at the stop light onto S Maple Ave. Once you are at the MARC train station parking area, go over 2 sets of railroad tracks and down a mini-hill to the stop sign (t-intersection). Turn left onto the gravel road and continue about 3/4 mile(this is the C&O Canal). Campground is on the right..
We Look Forward To You Joining Us!
Please Note: Spaces on these popular trips are limited and fill fast. Book Now To Secure Your Spot!